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A great location to learn about Yamabushi and the self-mummified monks

Kaikoji temple just north of Sakata city centre is home to not just one, but two self-mummified... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
kiwiyamabushi
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Sakata, Japan
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Very unique experience

I understand that there are very few places in Japan (and in the world) where you can stand in the... read more

Reviewed 4 January 2017
Isy73
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Belmont, Massachusetts
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3 days ago
“A great location to learn about Yamabushi and the self-mummified monks”
4 Jan 2017
“Very unique experience”
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2-7-12 Hiyoshicho, Sakata 998-0037, Yamagata Prefecture
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Kaikoji temple just north of Sakata city centre is home to not just one, but two self-mummified monks. There is a display that shows some of the actual tools and garments the monks used during their training to become ‘living Buddha’ or to leave a...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank kiwiyamabushi
Reviewed 4 January 2017

I understand that there are very few places in Japan (and in the world) where you can stand in the presence of a "living mummy" so this was truly a unique experience. Very touching.

Date of experience: January 2017
Thank Isy73
Reviewed 28 March 2016

Home to Buddhist mummies it is a fascinating place to visit and delve into the rich regional culture.

Date of experience: September 2015
Thank Dale B
Reviewed 12 September 2015

small temple but well worth the visit. It was a pleasant short stop on the way back from Tohoku back to Tokyo

Date of experience: July 2015
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Reviewed 17 February 2015

This temple is small but well-worth the time to find it and visit. There are two mummies here. At first I found it spooky but the more I learned the more I found them fascinating. DO your research on Japanese mummies before you go here...More

Date of experience: February 2015
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